HOW TO UNCLOG A TOILET

A clogged toilet is a really big inconvenience and seems to happen at the crappest times. To avoid embarrassing overflows and disgusting wastewater spills around your bathroom floor, you need to act quickly. Unblocking a toilet is never fun and can get quite messy. Here are a few DIY tricks you can try to use in order to unclog a toilet and prevent an unsanitary condition in your household.

Clear the clogged toilet with a plunger

A toilet plunger can be an easy option for most homeowners to use whenever they encounter a simple blocked or clogged toilet. It can quickly solve 9 out of 10 blockages, it’s affordable and easy to use. Check out the toilet being unclogged in this informative DIY video. This amazing homeowner really plunged this clog like a CAMP!

Follow these steps:

  • Wear some gloves.
  • If the toilet isn’t overflowing or about to overflow, add water inside the bowl until it’s half full.
  • Lower the plunger into the toilet bowl and position its cup around the outside of the bowl hole.
  • Gently push the plunger down to get a good seal.
  • Now pump the plunger down and up vigorously around six times while still sustaining the seal.

This pressure will loosen any obstruction and allow water to flow down the drain. If it partially unclogs, repeat the process until the clog loosens.

Try the vinegar and baking soda method

If you don’t have a plunger at hand, you can try a homemade unclogging solution before you call a Professional Plumber. A mixture of vinegar and baking soda isn’t always effective in cleaning blocked sinks and shower drains. Check out our other blog Butt Crack Advice from an Experienced Plumber & find out why. If you would like to try it for yourself, here’s what to do:
  • Take one cup of baking soda and 2 cups of vinegar and slowly pour them into the toilet bowl.
  • Let the mixture fizz and work the clog for half an hour.
  • The process will create a chemical reaction that dissolves the clog.
  • You can also follow up with hot soapy water to lubricate the drain and loosen the build-up.
  • If the clog persists after several attempts, move on to a different technique.
  • Note that this method doesn’t work on hard objects blocking the drain, such as toys.

Use a plumbing snake

A toilet snake also called an auger, is a flexible wire cable designed to fit into the bowl hole, snake through the p-shaped curves, and clear obstructions in the drain. Make sure you use a snake that is approved to avoid damaging the porcelain. Follow these steps:
  • Slowly insert the end of the cable into the toilet hole while moving it from side to side until you feel an obstruction.
  • Twist and push the snake around to break up the clog. Do this until you feel the drain is free.
  • Now flush the toilet to see whether the water will drain normally.
  • Note that you should never use a clothes hanger as an alternative, as it will scratch the bowl surface.

If the problem persists call an experienced, licensed plumber for all your clogged drains

Toilet blockages don’t have to be a nightmare. With the above methods, you can take care of the business in just a few minutes and carry on with your day. But if it’s a stubborn clog that won’t go away, or there’s water backing up, you’ll need to contact a licensed plumber.

Veteran Plumbing is a proud retired Vet that can help you resolve all toilet clogs and plumbing issues around your home. Whenever you encounter a plumbing problem, don’t hesitate to GIVE US A CALL.